Luke O’Toole’s and Balt­in­glass should be a bel­ter

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT -

Luke O’Toole’s v Balt­in­glass Joule Park, Aughrim Sun­day, 1pm. GAELIC foot­ball fans are in for a real treat this Sun­day af­ter­noon with the cur­tain raiser to the Re­nault Se­nior foot­ball cham­pi­onship fi­nal see­ing two of the finest teams from any­where in the county do­ing bat­tle in the un­der-17 A foot­ball fi­nal from 1pm at Joule Park, Aughrim.

The foot­ballers of Luke O’Toole’s will take on Balt­in­glass in the de­cider and going on the semi-fi­nals which took place at the same time in Bal­li­nakill last Saturday evening, we are in for a se­ri­ous foot­balling treat come Sun­day at 1pm.

Luke O’Toole’s emerged vic­to­ri­ous from a stern test by a tal­ented Bless­ing­ton out­fit in their semi-fi­nal. The fi­nal score of 1-14 to 3-05 should por­tray what a tough bat­tle this was with a Padraig Mur­ray goal after 24 min­utes of the sec­ond half prov­ing de­ci­sive in the end.

Bless­ing­ton en­joyed a great start and they pos­sess some se­ri­ously tal­ented young foot­ballers with Jor­dan McGarr, Ciaran Pa­ton, Eoin Hig­gins, Brian Bo­han and Craig Maguire all catch­ing the eye.

The west side ex­ploited some­thing of a weak­ness in the Luke O’Toole rear­guard which Balt­in­glass will hope to re­peat and that is the har­vest­ing of three goals with wor­ry­ing ease.

Balt­in­glass came through a re­ally en­ter­tain­ing bat­tle with Clara Gaels on the pitch across the road from the Luke O’Toole’s game. Ref­eree Pat Hickey took charge of this mighty strug­gle but he was badly let down with the ab­sence of lines­men and, in­deed, a fence.

A 3-15 to 2-08 fi­nal score sug­gests an eas­ier pas­sage for the Balt­in­glass men but they were tested all the way by the Clara Gaels out­fit and will rel­ish the chance to take on Luke O’Toole’s in what will be a won­der­ful oc­ca­sion for each and ev­ery one of the young foot­ballers.

There are ma­jor fig­ures on both teams. The half-back line of Daniel Ging, Eoghan Byrne and Adam Had­den will be piv­otal fig­ures for the Luke O’Toole’s men. A vi­tal fig­ure last Saturday evening was Eoin Darcy who lined out at mid­field but spent some of his time on the edge of the Bless­ing­ton square and who is an ex­cep­tion­ally tal­ented foot­baller.

Bradley Hickey, Ruairi Tomp­kins, Andy Fo­ley, Pierce Lawlor, Matthew Ging and the very ca­pa­ble Padraig Mur­ray will also fea­ture preva­lently in this en­tic­ing en­counter.

Balt­in­glass boast some fine nat­u­ral foot­ballers. The west club are thriv­ing at un­der­age and this un­der-17 team is yet an­other very tal­ented group to emerge on the con­veyor belt.

Ja­son Steed, Chris Grimes and Pa­trick Whe­lan will look to nul­lify the at­tack­ing threat of the Luke O’Toole’s inside line and keep­ing Clara Gaels to 2-08 sug­gests that they are well able to man­age that job.

Dar­ragh Doyle, Karl Fur­long, Sean Doody and John Keogh form a solid di­a­mond in the mid­dle third of the field and with Kil­lian Kelly, Alan Bar­rett and Liam Fisher avail­able for scor­ing du­ties not to men­tion the likes of Jack Han­lon, Tommy Keogh and Adam Ger­maine, this could be a high scor­ing af­fair come Sun­day. Teams from the semi-fi­nals: Luke O’Toole’s: Cathal Lam­bert; Fionn Fur­long, Kevin Mul­hall, Gearoid Donoghue; Daniel Ging, Eoghan Byrne, Adam Had­den; Eoin Darcy, James Hed­der­man; Bradley Hickey, Ruairi Tomp­kins, Andy Fo­ley; Pierce Lawlor, Matthew Ging, Padraig Mur­ray. Subs: Cian Moules, Daniel Hed­der­man, Cil­lian McDon­ald, Shaun Doyle.

Balt­in­glass: Wil­liam Rogers; Ja­son Steed, Chris Grimes, Pa­trick Whe­lan; Dia­mantino Marcu, Dar­ragh Doyle, Colm Keogh; Karl Fur­long, Sean Doody; Taghg O’Toole, John Keogh, Jack Flem­ing; Kil­lian Kelly, Alan Bar­rett, Liam Fisher. Subs: Jack Han­lon, Tommy Keogh, Adam Ger­maine, Alan Doyle, Ja­son Sin­nott, Kabiru Ma­tonmi.

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